FACT 1: It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the percentage of adults smoking in the United States is 21 percent. The population of smokers as per this estimation in the U.S. is 46 million Americans.
FACT 2: More men smoke than women. The statistics say that for every five deaths in a year in the United States, one death is due to smoking.
FACT 3: The average survival period of a smoker was estimated to be 14 years less than the non-smoker.
FACT 4: The filters in cigarettes are made of cellulose acetate which is a form of plastic that degrades very slowly. The cigarette butts spread into rivers, lakes, and oceans from the streets of the city. The fish and seabirds that eat the cigarette butts will not be able to digest them properly. Hence, filters become toxic to animals.
FACT 5: The machine that is used for manufacturing cigarettes makes use of four miles of paper in an hour. This indicates that the weekly usage of paper by this machine is 160 miles of paper, which is a huge quantity of paper.
FACT 6: For one acre of the tobacco extracted, one acre of the forest is destroyed. This quantity of timber constitutes 12 percent of the timber cut down in the world.
FACT 7: One tree is cut down on an average to make 300 cigarettes.
FACT 8: The risk of death due to lung, larynx, esophageal, and oral cancers is enhanced by tobacco smoking. The current research also finds a relation between smoking and breast cancer as well as smoking and colorectal cancer.
FACT 9: The chronic diseases that might result from several years of smoking are emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
FACT 10: Secondhand smoking also triggers asthma attacks, lung diseases, and cardiovascular diseases.
FACT 11: Smoking results in COPD which shows symptoms like; wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.
October 15, 2012 2:47 am
every government should enact a legislation to close all cigarettes manufacturing industries if it causes so many deaths and requires to destroy so many Trees.